Dr. Jason Heppler is the Senior Web Developer at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, where he’s building projects for the history web.

His first book, tentatively titled The Nature of the Valley: Silicon Valley and the Transformation of American Environmental Politics, explores the postwar growth of the cities of Silicon Valley and the ways that their growth not only led to ecological disaster but introduced social inequality. While Silicon Valley’s high-tech companies were imagined as a clean and green alternative to industrialization, the growth, manufacturing, and economic activity introduced challenges to the region’s wildlife and its residents. Suburban by Nature looks at how local communities confronted these challenges and offers a case study for other high-tech regions seeking to balance nature and city.

He earned his PhD in History at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and has held positions at Stanford University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research, UNO Libraries, and UNL’s Center for Digital Research in the Humanities.


University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Doctor of Philosophy, History, 2016

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Master of Arts, History, 2009

South Dakota State University
Bachelor of Arts, History, 2007

Other Publications


  • Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy, edited with Rebecca Wingo and Paul Schadewald (University of Cincinnati Press, 2020)

Journal Articles

  • Heidi Blackburn and Jason Heppler, “Who Is Writing About Women in STEM in Higher Education in the United States? A Citation Analysis of Gendered Authorship,” Frontiers in Psychology, vol. 10 (2020). DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02979

  • Heidi Blackburn and Jason Heppler, “Women in STEM in Higher Education: A Citation Analysis of the Current Literature,” Science & Technology Libraries (2019): 261-271. DOI: 10.1080/0194262X.2019.1645080

  • Brandon T. Locke and Jason Heppler, “Teaching Data Literacy for Civic Engagement: Resources for Data Capture and Organization,” KULA: Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies, vol. 2, no. 1 (2018). DOI: 10.5334/kula.23

  • “Green Dreams, Toxic Legacies: Toward a Digital Political Ecology of Silicon Valley,” International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, vol. 11, no. 1 (March 2017): 68–85. DOI: 10.3366/ijhac.2017.0179

  • “Crowdsourcing Public Digital History,” co-author with Gabriel Wolfenstein, The American Historian, March 2015.

  • “A Call to Redefine Historical Scholarship in the Digital Turn,” co-author with Alex Galarza and Douglas Seefeldt, Journal of Digital Humanities, December 2012.

Book Chapters

  • “Humanistic Approaches to Data Visualization,” in The Companion to Digital History, ed. David Staley. Hoboken: Wiley and Sons, forthcoming.

  • “A National Monument,” co-author with Douglas Seefeldt, in The Companion to Custer and the Little Big Horn, edited by Brad Lookingbill. Hoboken: Wiley and Sons, 2015.

  • “The American Indian Movement and South Dakota Politics,” in The Plains Political Tradition, edited by Jon Lauck, John E. Miller, and Donald Simmons. Pierre, SD: South Dakota State Historical Society Press, 2011, 267–287.

Electronic Books

  • The Rubyist Historian: Ruby Fundamentals for Humanities Scholars. doi: 10.5281/zendo.9987.



American Historical Association

Western History Association

Organization of American Historians

American Library Association

National Council on Public History

American Society for Environmental History

Association for Computers and the Humanities

Nebraska Library Association

Nebraska Educational Technology Association

The League of American Bicyclists

Bike Omaha Network

Mode Shift Omaha

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